consulting & creative industries
It’s been my privilege to work with a remarkable number of amazing organizations as a consultant, and hundreds of brilliant and passionate people over the last couple of decades. Noted below are some recent engagements – consulting and leadership projects in the creative industries and culture sector. I have also been fortunate to be involved in several board governance and leadership experiences, award-winning media production projects, publications & presentations, and to have received many academic and arts awards. Besides my full-time work as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts & Technology in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) at York University, and as a Visiting Scholar at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, I maintain my professional consulting practice of more than 20 years’ duration.
During 2015-2017, I have been happy to spend time with Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre on two strategic development projects.
I’ve consulted with Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) on an analysis of regional business models, including how to develop chapters and other activities in Newfoundland & Labrador, and PEI, and worked with the Board to renew their strategic plans.
For the period July 2014-July 2015, I was delighted to consult with Strategic Arts Management as their Director of External Relations, one day a week.
During that time period, I worked with the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award Foundation, kept up with a number of SAM’s 50 clients, assisted with a business model for a new touring management organization for the province, and oversaw a research project about SAM’s service providers that involved a great group of Masters’ students from Dalhousie University’s Management without Borders program, as well as helping to initiate a tri-partner webinar workshop series in social media management. In 2014, my favourite consulting project was the development of a structure and strategic development for the regional arts council, Creative Pictou County.
In 2013, I was fortunate to be engaged as lead consultant for a report on the state of visual arts and fine craft in Canada, for Canadian Public Arts Funders, along with Amy Stewart and Jacqueline Wallace. And during 2013-14, I was delighted to help Barbara Richman work with Halifax’s Khyber Centre for the Arts on their fund and strategic development planning.
Strategic and Business Planning Consultant Atlantic Filmmakers’ Co-operative | Halifax, NS | 2013. A long-standing artists’ co-op for the region, involved in training for, showcasing, and making media.
Women in Film and Television – Atlantic | Halifax, NS | 2012. This fledgling chapter of an international women’s organization has already achieved enormous things, including their annual Women Making Waves conference.
Currently Chair, and founding Vice-Chair, Arts Nova Scotia as well as recent ANS representative to Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council | Halifax, NS | 2012-ongoing. This is one of my key leadership volunteer activity these days. I’ve also recently been involved with NSCAD University in a leadership role – on the Board of Governors (2013-2016), and the Alumni Association (2010-2016).
Part-time Faculty | GPRL 6104 (01/18) | Organizational Theory & Leadership (Fall 2014), and GPRL 6105 (01/18) | Media, Culture & Society (Winter & Fall 2013), Mount Saint Vincent University Department of Communication Studies. I have taught several Masters’ course in subjects I hold dear, as well as Research Methods in Public Relations, Autumn 2012. This was a great class to teach: qualitative, quantitative, research design, statistics, digital ethnography, interviews and other observational methods, social media… the whole package.
Strategic and Capital Campaign Planning Consultant | Ross Farm Museum | New Ross, NS | 2012. The people at Ross Farm are incredibly passionate and committed. They put together a capital campaign to build for a sustainable future.
Strategic Research Consultant | Canadian Dance Assembly | Toronto, ON | 2010-2012. Worked as a consultant on two Canada Council for the Arts Flying Squad projects to conduct research for a National Training Subsidy Program. Guest speaker at three of their conferences.
Strategic Planning Consultant | Canada Dance Festival | Ottawa, ON | 2011. Worked with a dynamic Board of Directors and co-consultant Barbara Richman on a strategic plan for this long-standing and outrageous Festival.
Co-author and Editor | Media Action Média | Diversity in Canadian Television Entertainment Programming | 2011. Co-wrote the policy and theory sections of this report and worked with fabulous copy editor Marianne Ward to edit the whole report. Ask at the Media Action website to see it.
Part-time faculty | COMS413 | Cultures of Production | Concordia University Department of Communication Studies | Montreal, QC | 2011.
http://coms.concordia.ca/programs/bachelors.html Research Assistant on Korsakow workshops and Symposium Co-ordination for the D | N | A Symposium held in May 2011. | CINER-G (now found at A-R-C) | Concordia University | Montreal, QC | 2010-2011. The FQRSC-funded CINER-G project was called “Migration, Memory, Media: Emergent Technologies for Interactive Narrative Storytelling in the Digital Humanities and Media Arts.” I worked with Monika Kin Gagnon (my doctoral dissertation supervisor), Matt Soar, and the rest of the teams on these projects.
Marketing and Grants Consultant | Mocean Dance | Halifax, NS | 2009-2010. Happily worked with Mocean Dance on marketing plans and a grant application. A superb company. Part-time faculty | Foundation Video | NSCAD University | Halifax, NS | 2009. This was a great opportunity to teach students about the basics of video theory, production and editing.
Event Consultant & Producer | Atlantic Book Awards | Halifax, NS | 2009. So many authors, so many prizes. So much fun.
Founder and Executive Producer | CBC ArtSpots | Halifax, NS | 1997-2008. My longest-running “gig”: an arts-based engagement with broadcasting, which – yes – I’m using in my doctoral research. Over 300 artists, 1200 participants and many, many more audience members.
Guest lecturer or speaker at McGill University, King’s College (Dalhousie University), University of Colorado-Boulder, NSCAD University, Concordia University, Centre for Arts and Technology, Nova Scotia Community College, St. Mary’s University, Acadia University | 2002-2015.
And before all that, management consulting and non-profit fund development for organizations such as: Canadian Opera Company, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, Trent University, Ronald McDonald House (Toronto), Armenian Relief Fund, Canada 125, 1994 Commonwealth Games of Canada, G7 Halifax – 1995, Royal Conservatory of Music, and others.